The North London Waste Plan (NLWP) is a draft planning policy document which is being prepared jointly by seven north London Boroughs in their capacities as planning authorities.
The Local Planning Authorities who are developing the NLWP are the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington andWaltham Forest (‘North London Boroughs’). The north London Boroughs are combining forces to ensure there is sufficient provision of land allocated for the management of waste in north London. The NLWP plans for seven waste streams, including Local Authority Collected Waste (LACW), Commercial and Industrial (C&I), Construction, Demolition and Excavation (CD&E), hazardous, agricultural, waste water and low level radioactive waste. The NLWP will also set out some planning policies for waste management facilities in north London.
Each of the boroughs has to give its approval of the NLWP at each stage of the plan’s development.
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is the joint waste disposal authority for the seven north London boroughs. It is responsible for managing the waste collected by the north London boroughs, including household waste. NLWA also promotes waste minimisation and recycling. NLWA is made up of 14 councillors, two from each of the seven north London boroughs. It is these 14 councillors that make decisions relating to the disposal of north London’s waste.
LondonWaste Ltd, which is owned by NLWA, operates a number of waste facilities, such as the EcoPark at Edmonton and several reuse and recycling centres (RRCs). LondonWaste Ltd has contracts with NLWA to provide waste management services, but NLWA also contracts with other companies too.
There is an understandable level of public confusion about the difference between NLWA and the NLWP; they both involve the north London boroughs, have similar acronyms and both deal with waste.
One of most common misconceptions is that NLWA is responsible for writing the NLWP. This is not the case. NLWA is one of a many parties being consulted as part of the process of developing the NLWP, and will continue to be consulted at all stages of the plan-making process but NLWA is not responsible for preparing or submitting the NLWP.
Preparation of the NLWP is a planning matter and planning officers and members from each north London borough contribute to the NLWP in their role as planning authorities.
NLWA has submitted an application for a Development Consent Order to build an Energy Recovery Facility with associated buildings and works at the Edmonton EcoPark by around 2025 when the existing plant is expected to reach the end of its operational life. The proposed Energy Recovery Facility would replace the existing plant. NLWA is applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build the replacement facility and associated buildings and works.
NLWA’s proposal for the Edmonton EcoPark does not change the requirement on the boroughs as planning authorities to produce the NLWP.
The NLWP will take account of the future plans of the NLWA once these are known.